PompeiI VIP: Guided Tour with your Archaeologist in a Small Group

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Make the most of your time in Pompeii with this archaeologist-led tour that touches on the highlights of the vast ancient city in just a few hours. Skip the hassle of following a map or guidebook and instead head straight to the blockbuster attractions like the basilica, forum, theater, and baths—plus visit intact shops, homes, and even a brothel—while delving into their history and architecture with your guide.
  • Visit Pompeii with a guide to better interpret the complex Roman ruins
  • Enter via a separate priority line to avoid a long wait at the gate
  • Take in the most important sights inside the ancient city in two hours
  • A small-group tour for a more relaxed pace and personal attention

What's Included

  • tour guide
  • Ticket
  • Admission tickets to Pompeii Park

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Pompei Scavi Villa Dei Misteri
    80045 Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

    Porta Marina Superiore - Ticket Office (near the train station Circumvesuviana stop at Pompei scavi Villa dei Misteri)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great tour of Pompeii
Leigh_B, Mar 2023
Loved this tour of Pompeii! We booked it with our boys aged 12 and 16 and were with a group of maybe 12 people total. Our boys ended up wandering off on their own at about the hour mark (of the tour hour tour) but that worked well as they wanted to see other parts of the ruins. It was fascinating! Definitely worth a guide or you’ll miss a lot of the context. We throughly enjoyed our tour and would book again.
Couldn’t have done the tour without Ricardo
Diana_H, Mar 2023
Ricardo was awesome and informative. We could have not seen the highlights without him. He did a great job!!!
Rafaelle was an amazing...
Paula_J, Feb 2023
Rafaelle was an amazing tour guide and knew so much about PompeiI and Herculaneum. We learned so much history in one day (actually two days, because we were lucky enough to have Rafaelle as our guide in Herculaneum too). Pompeii is a must-see archeological site, and I would highly recommend this tour.
Great tour, Full of information
Jitchai_K, Feb 2023
Full of information and history of pompeii. Recommend to take the tour and then walk by yourself for 2-3 more hours for completing visit
Our guide really brought...
Rachel_F, Dec 2022
Our guide really brought Pompeii to life for us. Our group was small (6 people - no need for headsets) so it felt personal.
Would definitely recommend
George_B, Oct 2022
Anna was an incredible tour guide, really informative and insightful. I have been to Pompeii before and missed a lot of really interesting things as I didn't have a tour the first time.
Informative and knowledgeable guide
Philip_B, Sep 2022
A very informative and interesting tour. Our guide met us at the entrance as planned. It was a small group so no need for annoying headphones. As an archeologist he was able to build a picture of the city in it's heyday and through a mixture of geology, history and culture bring the terrible events to life. I'd recommend a guide for Pompeii. Good value for money.
Amazing experience!!!
Claudia_A, Aug 2022
Raffaelle, our tour guide, was amazing. He was detailed and passionate in his explanations and really brought the old Roman ways and life alive. We really enjoyed the tour very much and we sre pleased that we joined VIP tours. We can highly recommend this experience.
Vincenzo was fantastic!
Isabella_M, Jun 2022
My tour was led by the charismatic Vincenzo. He was punctual and we only had a slight delay because a couple members of the tour did not buy their tickets before hand. Vincenzo was very informative and I learnt so much from him. He delivered all of his facts with a sense of humour and the tour was very entertaining! Definitely worth the money!
A fabulous informative guided tour
Natalie_H, Jun 2022
Our guide was very experienced and informative. She spoke great English and knew exactly where to take us to visit the most special parts of Pompeii, whilst avoiding the worst of the queues. Going in the morning was best, to avoid the hottest part of the day. It was a truly fantastic tour.
Visit to Pompeii.
Johnathan_L, May 2022
The information that we received from our tour guide was great! Using our own time to explore the touristy areas of the ruins were a beneficial use of time.
Great tour, great guide
Peter_J, May 2022
Our guide, Italo, really brought Pompei alive. Great for the kids and for us. I can recommend this tour and guide
Jessica_I, Feb 2022
Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly! Definitely recommend booking this tour to get the most out of your Pompeii visit.
Excellent tour with Ricardo
Emma_T, Oct 2021
We did the two hour walking tour with Ricardo, an archaeologist. He was excellent, had loads of interesting stories and answered all of our questions. I think doing the tour made the trip to Pompeii much more interesting, would highly recommend this tour
The guide, Danilo was...
Anna_C, Oct 2021
The guide, Danilo was amazing. Passionate about his work and very friendly, answering all our many questions. Too bad that the tour only lasted 2 hours!
Choose small group tours
Markus, Oct 2020
Great guide, small group, sunny day! Guide was very knowledgeable and quickly adapted to the specific needs of the group and kept it intersting throughout the trip.
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Thank you so much Markus, we're all sincerely grateful for your words :))
Live at pompeii
jasmineedwards16, Dec 2019
Really impressed with this tour. Our guide Raffaele was super friendly, helpful when we turned up at the wrong train station and knowledgeable. He really bought Pompeii to life with a great insight into the inner workings of this ancient city. As an archaelogist myself i really appreciated Raffaeles knowledge of the place, his passion and his willingness to answer my multitude of questions. Thanks
Incredible tour guide!
Edna_T, Dec 2019
Raffaele with naplesgrandtour was so knowledgeable and passionate about archaeology and I discovered some insight that I had not two years ago touring without a guide! He met me even though I was the only one for that time slot that’s day and I am so thankful and will definitely call on him for my next visit to Naples! Highly recommend him!
licia_t, Aug 2021
Tutto. Italo è stato esauriente,coinvolgente e simpatico. Sapere le origini di questo luogo pazzesco lo fa amare ancora di più
Sito indimenticabile e guida super
Mauro_B, Aug 2021
Un enorme ringraziamento ad Alessandra, la nostra guida preparatissima, entusiasta e disponibilissima. È riuscita a comunicare tutta la sua passione per l'archeologia e la storia e la visita si è rivelata più interessante e coinvolgente di quanto ci potessimo aspettare!